‘Water is magic’ in Colorado

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — Ray Kitson, a businessman and water park pioneer from Salida, waxes poetic when he talks about the effect of the Arkansas River on his community.“Water is magic,” he said. “You can have a great ski resort and community trails but nothing beats a river.”As Eagle contemplates a plan to develop a water park — complete with in-stream features, beaches, trails and green space at what is currently the truck parking area west of Chambers Park and east of the Eagle County Fairgrounds — the town organized a panel discussion featuring representatives from Colorado towns that have completed their …

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Q&A with CarniVail royalty nominees Travis Coggin and Hayley Gough

By Ross Leonhart

Editor’s note: This is the third of four articles introducing the nominees for CarniVail king and queen. VAIL —New Orleans-style fun returns Feb. 6 through 9 with CarniVail, where locals and visitors can enjoy Mardi Gras merriment and all of the Cajun fixin’s.The full lineup of activities includes on-mountain crawfish boils, Cajun apres and after-dark parties, a Fat Tuesday Parade and street festival, contests, prizes and much more.CarniVail king and queen nominees Travis Coggin, of Vail Valley Young Professionals and Triumph Development, and Hayley Gough, of Vail Mountain and Dragonfly Gardening, are some of the longest-tenured valley locals nominated. The …

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Mom and daughter explore bullying through humor in ‘Out of Bounds’

By Krista Driscoll

What happens when parents can’t protect their kids from the cruelty of bullying? On Monday and Tuesday, Supporting the Arts Reaching Students brings “Out of Bounds,” a hilarious yet thought-provoking look at how cyber-bullying affects both parents and children, to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.On a dare, Amy posted a picture of herself online that she shouldn’t have. When she’s transferred to a new school, she hopes she can make a fresh start. But when a rival finds the embarrassing history online, Amy has nowhere to run. Told through dual perspectives of mom and daughter, “Out of …

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‘The E-Waste Tragedy’ tracks the e-waste trade; film screens twice in Eagle County

By Krista Driscoll

AVON — Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste — computers, television sets, mobile phones, household appliances — is discarded in the developed world. Seventy-five percent of this waste disappears from the legal recycling circuits, with much of it being dumped illegally in underdeveloped countries. This results in serious environmental, health and security consequences. The Sustainable Community Film Series, a project of Walking Mountains Science Center, continues this month with two screenings of “The E-Waste Tragedy.” The series is intended to raise awareness and encourage community dialogue about environmental, economic and social issues afflicting our world. “The …

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Mom and daughter explore cruelty of bullying through humor in ‘Out of Bounds’

By Krista Driscoll

BEAVER CREEK — What happens when parents can’t protect their kids from the cruelty of bullying? On Monday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 2, Supporting The Arts Reaching Students (STARS) brings “Out of Bounds,” a hilarious yet thought-provoking look at how cyber bullying affects both parents and children, to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.On a dare, Amy posted a picture of herself online that she shouldn’t have. Now that she’s transferred to a new school, she hopes she can make a fresh start. But when a rival finds the whole embarrassing history online, this time Amy has …

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Del Bosco swoops bronze in photo finish

By John LaConte

ASPEN — Canadian Brady Leman realized a lifelong dream at the X Games on Saturday, winning the men’s ski cross competition in a hotly contested event at the X Games in Aspen on Saturday. Leman’s strategy was simple, capture the hole shot (early lead) and ride it to victory. Then, of course, repeat — which he did three times on Saturday, first in quarterfinals, then semis and finally finals.“I dreamed of winning X Games ski cross long before World Cup. This event pioneered our sport, so it’s huge,” he said. “Biggest, best day.” DEL BOSCO THIRDWhile Leman didn’t have to …

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Battle Mountain boys stay hot; win at Glenwood

By Chris Freud

The way Battle Mountain boys basketball has been going, the Huskies should just play another game today.“To be honest, I think we need a break,” Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue joked.Battle Mountain has certainly earned a rest after finishing a stretch of three games in three days with an emphatic exclamation point in a 60-50 win at Glenwood Springs on Saturday. “I told the guys before the game that this was a measuring stick,” Tronsrue said. “We’ve talked about Eagle Valley, Delta and Summit, but we also need to beat teams above us in the standings. This gives us some validation.”And …

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Acclaimed Irish music and dance ensemble brings ‘Spirit of Freedom’ to Beaver Creek

By Krista Driscoll

BEAVER CREEK — Experience the patriotism, revenge, love and courage of Irish independence, as critically acclaimed Irish music and dance ensemble Celtic Nights performs “Spirit of Freedom” at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. “Spirit of Freedom” is a musical journey of pride celebrating the Easter Rising of 1916, which marks the centennial event that gave birth to modern Irish independence. Referred to as The Poets Rebellion, Celtic Nights’ “Spirit of Freedom” intertwines the storylines of heroes and heroines and engages the audience through musical storytelling, dance, laughter, song, costumes and sets depicting the time period. …

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Q&A with CarniVail royalty nominees Townsend Bessent and Lauren Arnold

By Ross Leonhart

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article introducing the nominees for CarniVail king and queen. VAIL — New Orleans-style fun returns Wednesday through Feb. 9 with CarniVail, where locals and visitors can enjoy Mardi Gras merriment and all of the Cajun fixin’s.The full lineup of activities includes on-mountain crawfish boils, Cajun apres and after-dark parties, a Fat Tuesday Parade and street festival, contests, prizes and much more.CarniVail king and queen nominees Townsend Bessent, the Vail Daily’s photographer, who went to school in Louisiana, and Lauren Arnold, originally of Houston, are ready to spread Mardi Gras cheer. The royalty …

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